TI5 Champion Universe Retires From Dota 2

Vignesh Raghuram
23rd Apr, 2020

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  • TI5 Champion Saahil "Universe" Arora has decided to hang up his gloves and retire from competitive Dota 2.
  • His last competitive team was Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • The player has won $3,057,237 in prize winnings over the course of his career.

Following the retirement of  Peter “ppd” Dager, fellow Ti5 champion Saahil "Universe" Arora has also announced his decision to retire from competitive Dota 2.

Universe's Statement

Universe released a statement on his Twitter stating that he wanted to pursue other interests in his life after 10 years of competitive Dota 2.

"I have decided to retire as a player from competitive dota 2. Whenever I do anything in life I tend to be an all or nothing type of person and dota was no different. For the past 10 years, I have given everything I have to this game/competition and it was an incredible experience. Now the time has come to pursue other interests and figure out what comes next. Thank you to my fans and past teammates for the amazing memories I will never forget."

This is certainly a surprising decision since Universe has always been one of the stalwart offlaners in the world. He had shown no signs of retirement, earlier. 

The player has won $3,057,237 in prize winnings over the course of his career.

Universe's last outing in a professional Dota 2 team, came under the Ninjas in Pyjamas banner.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.